Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Romance Writers of America 2006 Conference in Atlanta with Jina Bacarr

Yes, you read the title correctly. That's the RWA Conference in Atlanta back in 2006.

Where did the time go? Several SPICE books, blogs, videos, Tweets and Facebook friends later (especially the fab bloggers here at Naughty Author Chicks!) I've been thinking about all the wonderful things RWA offers its members.

Especially the annual conference. It's always an exciting time with the RITA awards and the Golden Heart Contest,  Here at NAC, we're all rooting for fellow NAC blogger, Cara McKenna, a 2010 Golden Heart finalist.

Here's the official information about this year's conference:

"RWA is proud to host its 30th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, July 28 - 31, 2010.

"Be sure to join us to enhance your writing and knowledge of the ins and outs of publishing at more than 100 workshops; get the inside track at panels and round-tables featuring publishing professionals; schedule a one-on-one pitch meeting with an acquiring editor or literary agent; attend parties and network with the stars of romance fiction; and be a part of RWA's massive, 500-author strong "Readers for Life" charity book signing. And let's not forget the 2010 RITA and Golden Heart Awards." For more information go to the RWA website.

To everyone who is in Orlando at the conference, have a great time!  The RWA conference begins today with the Literacy Signing. I'll never forget my first RWA conference. (What girl ever forgets her first?)

So here is a video I made taking you back to July 2006 and the Romance Writers of America Conference in Atlanta.

From the Literacy Signing to the Spice Books workshop to the Harlequin party and the RITA Awards, re-live the conference in this fun video podcast.

As you can see in the photo above, I signed copies of The Blonde Geisha that year at the RWA Conference in Atlanta.

Hard to believe that since then, The Blonde Geisha has been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish and recently came out in the Czech Republic as "The Geisha with the Emerald Eyes."

So sit back and relax and come with me as we go back to the RWA Conference in Atlanta in 2006!

Next week: Jina's Venice Videos: Fashion Boutiques


Cara McKenna said...

Thanks for the shout out, Jina! Off to catch my plane for Orlando now.

Michelle Polaris said...

I was at that Atlanta conference in 2006, also my first RWA National conference. Thanks for bringing back the memories. My fingers are crossed for Cara this year in Orlando. Go Cara!

Wynter Daniels said...

Thanks for whetting my appetite! This will be my first RWA National conference. I am heading over to the conference today. See you tonight, Cara!

Jina Bacarr said...

Best of luck, Cara, re: Golden Heart!! We'll be rooting for you here.

Michelle, I wish we had known each other back in Atlanta! Hopefully we'll get together at a future RWA conference.

Wynter, you're in for wonderful time at RWA! Be sure to fill us in on your experiences when you return.

Naima Simone said...

I haven't been to a National conference yet but I've heard that it's an experience that won't be forgotten. I can't wait to attend one.

I'm rooting for you, Cara!! Have fun, Wynter!

Jina Bacarr said...

Naima, RWA is not only a fabulous conference of workshops, luncheons, etc., it's also the experience of what writing is all about, a great big story of friendship, support and dreams that do come true...

Savannah Stuart said...

I'm cheering for Cara too! And wow, I didn't realize how many translations that book had. Very cool!! :) I'm not making Nationals this year but I'm definitely going to NY next year!

Dalton Diaz said...

Go, Cara! Wish I could be there with you all.

Jina Bacarr said...

Thankz, Savannah! Yes, Blonde Geisha has gone international...who knows where she'll go next?

Jina Bacarr said...

Dalton, you're right re: Cara--we all wish we could be there in person rooting for her!